NOVICE AUCTIONEER OF THE YEAR

24 October 2018 at the Cambridge Belfry

For all auctioneers and valuers starting their careers, the NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year is the most important event in the calendar for budding auctioneers.

The competition involves a bidding sequence organised to demonstrate possible occurrences in the saleroom and to test the entrant’s skill, knowledge and presence on the rostrum. The premise makes for a highly anticipated and exciting event where budding auctioneers are whittled down to a final round which takes place at the Gala Dinner later that day.

MEET THE JUDGES

Richard Madley

Richard Madley

Richard, a former Surrey league cricketer has made regular TV and radio appearances on BBC and ITV and was one of the pioneers who helped Antiques Roadshow become such a success in the USA.

Noelle McElhatton

Noelle McElhatton

Noelle is the editor of Antiques Trade Gazette and only the fourth editor of ATG since the publication launched in 1971. She has been a business journalist and editor for more than 20 years.

David Sandeman

David Sandeman

David, a qualified barrister, began his career acquiring London properties for redevelopment. Many of the properties were acquired at auction giving David valuable experience in property investment.

MEET THE COMPETITORS

Frederick Baker

Frederick Baker

Frederick Baker, a modest, affable and arduous man from the Dengie Hundred, who, despite a dearth of experience with gavel in hand, is confident in the power of confidence.

Arlene Blankers

Arlene Blankers

Arlene is Head of Sale Management for the department Decorative Arts. She is born and bred in the Netherlands and started working for Christie’s Amsterdam in 2014. Arlene holds a degree in History of Art and Philosophy and is currently combining a passion for Decorative Arts and auctioneering at Christie’s London.

Gemima Brettell

Gemima Brettell

Growing up in an auctioneering background Gemma has always enjoyed the saleroom environment. She started working professionally for Brettells Auctioneers and Valuers at the age of 18. As a small company her role in the business is incredibly diverse; from portering to photographing, cataloguing to selling, working at Brettells keeps her on her toes.

Lucy Gregory

Lucy Gregory

Lucy is a picture specialist at Dreweatts Auctioneers. After attaining a History of Art degree from Birmingham University she completed a Master’s degree at Sotheby’s Institute and then went on to work in the Silver and Picture departments at Bonhams, London. She has been at Dreweatts since 2016.

Debs Latham

Debs Latham

Debs joined SDL Auctions in 2018 as Head of Residential Auctions North West. She received a BA (Hons.) in English from the University of Aberystwyth. After a career as a civilian and military air traffic controller she found her love for the property industry, and her experience includes time spent in agency, lettings and property management as well as a Visit England trained Inspector.

Nick Maddocks

Nick Maddocks

Nick has been a residential estate agent for 25 years. He has worked in all property sectors including sales, lettings and commercial, in both rural and urban centres. Nick has always had a keen interest in property auctions and is thrilled to be heading up the new auction department for Gibbins Richards, a progressive and independent west country firm.

Chris Milne

Chris Milne

Having been brought up around property, entering the property industry was a natural career choice for Chris. He joined Clive Emson in 2016 and is currently training to become a negotiator. Prior to this he trained as an apprentice at the country’s largest estate agents and became a member of NAVA Propertymark a little over a year ago.

Jim Peak

Jim Peake

Jim joined Chiswick Auctions in 2015 and currently heads the Interiors and Design department, specialising in European pottery, porcelain and glass. Prior to this he worked as a cataloguer of ceramics and glass at Bonhams and studied Conservation at Cardiff University, before completing a PhD in Archaeological Science in collaboration with the MOD and US Armed Forces.

Allan Ross

Allan Ross

Allan is a driven individual who is very passionate about property. Having worked within estate agency and consultancy for the last 12 years, he has built a reputation for always offering the best advice. It is his personal goal to become an auctioneer, his fearless attitude and entrepreneurial mindset just might get him there.

Louise Simpson

Louise Simpson

Louise recently joined Phillips Auction House as a Cataloguer in the 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department. Louise holds a degree in History of Art from the University of Nottingham and previously worked in the Modern British Art Department at Christie's whilst pursuing a love of auctioneering. 

David Wedge

David Wedge

David has worked in the property sector for more than 20 years in a variety of roles from valuer to managing director. He previously ran an independent agency in Surrey before returning to his roots in the North West. He believes that the customer experience is key to winning, retaining and attracting customers in this evolving market.

Francesca Whitham

Francesca Whitham

Francesca Whitham graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Hons in History of Art in 2013. Francesca went on to study a two year Masters degree in the History and Business of Art and Collecting at the University of Warwick. Francesca took on a full-time position at Dreweatts 1759 as a Junior Picture Specialist in 2016.

georgie hilton

Last year's competition

After a hard fought contest Georgina Hilton was awarded the Clive Emson Rosebowl and announced as the 2017 NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year by our expert judging panel. Georgina joined Christie’s in 2013 and currently works in the Old Master Paintings department becoming the most recent addition to Christie’s Auctioneer team.

Speaking after her win Georgina said:

“It was a fantastic day, partly because it gave me the opportunity to meet and speak to so many young passionate auctioneers who are learning their trade. There was a real sense of camaraderie through the day with lots of support from others in the competition and my confidence grew, culminating in my performance in the final.

“NAVA Auctioneer of the Year has given me the opportunity to display what I have been working so hard to learn at Christie's, to a really impressive panel of experts. I’m looking forward to staying in touch with those I have met at the competition and growing the network, the title is a great feather to my bow and I think it will support my development at Christie’s.” 

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